EGC Clambake for June 5, 2007 – “Dog Daze”

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I play a song from DQE; I talk about having a houseful of dogs; I opine a little more about Serenity and Firefly; I return to the subject of day jobs and money and try to exhort the masses not to buy crap you don’t need; I play a song by Shannon Wright and do the electric boogaloo.

There were several egregious errors of fact in this show related to Serenity. The biggest was when I talked about how “Caucasian” the ‘Verse was. I acknowledge that two of nine main cast members are black, but I was thinking about all the other people they meet. It seems like almost none of the larger milieu was very diverse, which is at odds with the diversity they try to achieve with the dialog.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

11 thoughts on “EGC Clambake for June 5, 2007 – “Dog Daze””

  1. darusha says:

    I think I’m not self respecting. And I give a shit. I really like the shows where you talk about not getting stuck in the consumer debt tar pit, probably becuase I like hearing my own opinions out of other people’s mouths.

    Happily, I can’t agree with everything you said (I didn’t find Buffy precious – for me it was very much ironic. So there).

  2. Eric says:

    I hear you on the money issue…. I look and a truly see an America that is more and more defined by what you seem to own and have. .. also I really find that not buying into fads and what not allows you to have the money to invest in the things that you really want… btw, your comments on WKRP a while back got me to rent the DVDs from netfilx and so far I am not only digging it, but am a little shocked with how well the show holds up…

  3. Mark Forman says:

    Dave S. in the house. Welcome torrent file for sure. Good topic and appreciate the comment above on Scoble/IPhone thread. Lust gets us in trouble in all it’s forms. No irony that new jargon is “gear porn.” Great to hear a new clambake.

  4. Kris Smith says:

    Okay, where do I begin. Dave, you and I are not strangers. We know each other from podcasting and have spoken on more than one occasion. We’ve both been at this podcast thing for a long time, you since Aug ’04 and me since Nov ’04, we’ve both got some perspective.

    I respect your thoughts on my presentation, but I don’t agree with you.

    The presentation in question, “Leveraging your knowledge as a successful podcasting consultant” from PME 2006 was based on sharing my experience working for clients to produce podcasts from my basement. It was to help give a framework to those who wanted to make some extra bucks. Shit, I even give out my own business template for pricing and structure to those who attended and to those still asking for it.

    Success, for me has been doing what I love, audio production, writing code and using my creativity in projects that pay me. Would you have me buy the argument that only “real” creativity comes from the absence of greenbacks?

    In February of 2005 I opened my consulting company and two weeks later I had MTV as a client. Was it also bad that in my presentation I shared how I lost them as a client? Maybe the fact that I recommend to podcasters that they should talk to a business attorney and an IP attorney so that they can avoid pitfalls like libel or onerous contracts?

    In my life, I too am trying to save for retirement, college for the kids and a safety net. If I can make a buck podcasting for other people . . . big or small to put toward them by making podcasting my day job it doesn’t feel like I am punching the clock. It might mean that I am working “just another shit job” in my basement. However, it doesn’t feel like a shit job. It feels like I am doing something that I love. That should account for something in the personal satisfaction category, I rank this job a 1.

    You and I simply differ on how to make money podcasting. You like the advertising/sponsorship model and I prefer to both produce my own personal podcast and use my skills to make works for other people. My personal podcast has been delivered 3 times a week for 2 1/2 years with my wife every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Want to question my passion for podcasting?

    On this, I’m not asking to debate this topic but simply recommending that if anyone is interested to hear the presentation in question head over to and look for big goatee and bald head for the right session.

    The bottom line for me is this is what someone who enjoyed both of our sessions had to say about them:

    “Dave Slusher from Evil Genius Chronicles. When he speaks, I’m there.”

    “Kris with Palegroove Studios gave the most honest, non sales pitch presentation on podcast consulting. He shared real world numbers, which is rare in this day and age.”

    Given our interactions in the past a comment about me like this shouldn’t surprise me but as one podcaster to another, I’m sorry that you need to . . . wait, someone is asking for another mocha something, biab.

    Back, I’ll let the public decide if I am an evil prick trying to destroy “podcasting” by taking corporate money to work a shitty day job doing what I love from the comfort of my own home or if I got lucky and found a way for myself to make a living for family and our futures doing what I love from the comfort of my home . . . at my day job.

  5. dave says:

    Darusha, I’m just flattered that you left a comment on here hours after I published the show. If the goofy lockerroom talk doesn’t bother you, I’ll treat you as a proxy for womankind. The Buffy thing might be just me, but I can’t take it.

    Eric, glad you find something to hang on to in these subjects. I think it doesn’t get talked about enough, but I think the next 20-30 years are going to involve a long hard shakeout that will ruin many people who are running on the consumer debt treadmill.

    Mark, sorry they are coming so infrequently. I’ll try to keep them coming faster.

  6. Uncle Warren says:

    Hey Dave, you got me between the eyes just as I was driving to Best Buy to buy the Angel DVDs, seasons 1-5, which are on sale for $20 each this week. Hearing that you can live for two years with what you have in the bank inspired me to stick the plastic back in my pocket and go home. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Also thanx for the link, but the reminder about what’s really important was, to quote the credit card commercial, priceless.

  7. mike dunn says:

    getting to this one late – but congrat’s on the new dog…

  8. Paul Fischer says:


    The whole double dog dare was definitely the wrong timing. But what could you do? The dog will get over the angst eventually, and a health dose of Nature’s Miracle on the carpet will eventually get rid of the smell.

    You’re a mench.

    You and I think much the same with regard to retirement. I’ve been socking away money into a 401(k) since I was 20. I wanted to retire at 40, but that would have required hitting the lottery or being in the right dot-bomb when they went public. Neither happened, so I’m setting my sites on 55.

    I have to say I really don’t get the whole commercialism thing. I have friends who own huge houses and fill them with stuff. I have other friends who get a new TV set, computer, TiVo, and car every year or two.

    My TV set is 7 years old. My last car was 8 years old when I replaced it. I do spend bucks on computers, but my new Macs save me time in productivity and I keep them forever, with the old ones performing less intensive tasks as time goes on. But that’s really the only place I spend like most Americans.

    I’m glad you bring up the subject periodically. You’re preaching to the choir, with regard to me. But if you can catch one person and help them change their mind, then you’re making the world a better place.

    I did some work down in Newport News about a year ago. I met some great folks down there. Really really smart guys. Computer and network engineers maybe 4-6 years into their careers. They all asked about moving up to Northern Virginia because the salaries are so much higher. They complained mightily about the differences in the cost of living and the salaries between the two places.

    After weeks of having lunch within walking distance with these guys we decided to drive further away for our midday meal. I was shocked to see the new and near new cars. And all of them were customized, and tricked out. They were uniformly more expensive to buy and maintain than my new Prius.

    I was further shocked when they all talked about how much money they planned to sink into further customization or to completely replace their shiny one year old car.

    Mostly I don’t comment on people’s life choices, but I went off on a tear. They bitched for weeks about how much money they weren’t making by living and working in Newport News, but they turn around and spend most of it on shiny new rims and replacing serviceable cars.

    Almost every car I’ve owned has lasted me at least 7 years. I’ve saved tens of thousands of dollars by not buying a new car when my payments stopped. I don’t know if I made any converts that day, but I can only hope.

    Financial wisdom is scarce in this country. Please keep bringing it up periodically, and I will too. Maybe we can change a few minds.


  9. Steve Holden says:

    Dave … I am AOK with regular Fiscal Responsibility 101 discussions. If one person listens to you and turns their life around, then it is all worth it.

    Keep up the good work. – Steve

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